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Dr. Peter J. Millett Bio


Dr. Peter Millett is an orthopaedic surgeon and partner at the internationally renowned Steadman Clinic in Vail, Colorado. Consistently selected as one of the "Best Doctors in America," Dr. Millett specializes in disorders of the shoulder, knee, and elbow as well as all sports-related injuries. He uses advanced open and arthroscopic surgical techniques to restore damaged joints, ligaments, and bones. His focuses include advanced shoulder arthroscopy, arthroscopic stabilization surgery and the treatment of athletes with shoulder injuries. He also has expertise in complex and revision shoulder surgery and total joint replacement.

Prior to coming to Vail, Dr. Millett held a faculty appointment at Harvard Medical School and was formerly Co-Director of the Harvard Shoulder Service and the Harvard Shoulder Fellowship. While in Boston, he also founded and directed the Musculoskeletal Proteomics Research Group at Harvard, where his team discovered and patented the protein profile for osteoarthritis. His clinical practice in Boston was based at the prestigious Brigham & Women's and Massachusetts General Hospitals.

He has authored over 90 peer-reviewed, scientific articles, numerous book chapters, and 2 books on Orthopedics, Sports Medicine, and Shoulder Surgery. You can view much of his work under the Press and Publication area of this website. His academic work has been recognized with awards from several international societies, including the 2010 Achievement Award from the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons for his contributions to the field.

Dr. Millett also serves as a shoulder and sports medicine consultant and has treated elite athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, X-Games, and the Olympics. Board Certified by the American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery, Dr. Millett is also a member of numerous academic societies including the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons, the American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons, the American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine, the Orthopaedic Research Society, the Arthroscopy Association of North America. Dr. Millett is also affiliated with the United States Ski and Snowboard Association and has served as a team physician for the U.S. Ski Team and as a consultant to the Montreal Canadiens, professional hockey club.

A native of Pennsylvania, Dr. Millett received his undergraduate degree from the University of Scranton, in Scranton, Pennsylvania and his medical degree from Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. He also studied as a research scholar at the University of Cambridge in England, where he was awarded a master's degree in science (M.Sc.) for his work in skeletal biology.

Dr. Millett performed his orthopaedic residency training at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City, part of Cornell University's Medical School and the oldest and most prestigious orthopaedic residency program in the country. While there, he twice received the Lewis Clark Wagner Award for excellence in orthopaedic research as well as the American Orthopaedic Association – Zimmer Travel Award, a national award for orthopaedic research. Dr. Millett earned additional subspecialty, fellowship training in sports medicine, knee and shoulder surgery with Drs. Richard Steadman and Richard Hawkins in Vail, Colorado. As a fellow, he also served as an associate physician for the Denver Broncos professional football team, the Colorado Rockies Major League Baseball team, and the U.S. Ski Team.

Dr. Millett and his wife have four children and are very active in the Vail Valley community. An avid outdoorsman, Dr. Millett also enjoys skiing the powder of Vail's back bowls, snowcat skiing in Colorado's backcountry, road cycling the mountain passes, and golfing in the high country. When not working or spending time with his children, Dr. Millett also enjoys traveling the world pursuing his other lifelong passion, flyfishing, for literally anything that swims in either fresh or salt water!




Treatments: Shoulder, knee, and elbow surgery


Sports Medicine


Orthopedic Surgery


Faculty Positions

  • 2005: Associate Surgeon and Partner, Steadman Clinic
  • 2010-present: Board Member and Scientific Advisory Board, Steadman Philippon Research Institute
  • 2006-2009: Board Member and Scientific Advisory Board, Steadman Hawkins Research Foundation
  • 2000-2005: Assistant Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School
  • 1995-2000: Instructor, Weill Medical School of Cornell University

Board Certification


Board Certified, American Board of Orthopaedic Surgery


Medical School


Dartmouth Medical School


Graduate School


University of Cambridge, England (MSc in skeletal biology); Thesis on cytokine regulation and differentiation of osteoblasts and their role in pathologic bone resorption




Orthopedic Surgery, Hospital for Special Surgery (Cornell University – Weill School of Medicine); (New York Hospital, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center)




Sports Medicine, Knee, Shoulder, and Elbow surgery, Steadman Hawkins Clinic


Professional Memberships

  • American Shoulder and Elbow Society
  • Rocky Mountain Shoulder and Elbow Society, Founding Member
  • American Medical Association
  • American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons
  • Orthopedic Research Society
  • American Orthopedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • Arthroscopy Association of North America
  • New England Shoulder and Elbow Society, Founding Member

Honors / Awards

  • 2010:  Achievement Award, American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2010:  O’Hara Award, Distinguished Alumnus in Medicine, University of Scranton
  • 2010:  Boland Lecturer, Mercy Health system and The University of Scranton
  • 2009:  Finalist Caboud Award, American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
  • 2008:  Guest Shoulder Surgeon, Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • 2006-present:  Best Doctors in America
  • 2004-present:  Castle Connelly’s List of America’s Top Doctors
  • 2005:   George J. Davies – John A. Gould Award for Excellence in Clinical Inquiry from the Journal of Orthopedic Sports and Physical Therapy
  • 2005:  Best scientific exhibit – American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
  • 2005:  Guest surgeon – German Shoulder and Elbow Society – live arthroscopic rotator cuff repair surgery
  • 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010:  Guest surgeon – Shoulder consultant to country of Bermuda
  • 2005:  Caspari Award, International Society of Arthroscopy, Knee Surgery and Orthopedic Sports Medicine
  • 2005:  Finalist – Neer Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • 2004:  Kilfoyle Award, New England Orthopaedic Society
  • 2004:  Finalist – Neer Award, American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons
  • 2000:  Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • 1999:  Lewis Clark Wagner Award for Excellence in Orthopaedic Research, Hospital for Special Surgery
  • 1999:  American Orthopaedic Association-Zimmer National Orthopaedic Residents’ Travel Award
  • 1996:  Surgical ‘Intern of the Year’ Award
  • 1995:  Dartmouth-Mosenthal Surgical Scholar, Founding Member
  • 1993:  Dartmouth Medical School Research Scholar

For information on orthopedic treatment options available for the shoulder, knee and elbow, please contact Dr. Peter Millett's office in Vail, CO.

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